FCI Beaumont Medium Visitation

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Visiting Hours


Processing of visitors will begin at 8:30 a.m.(visitors are not allowed into the front lobby area until this time). No visitors will be processed after 9:30 a.m., on weekends and holidays, in preparation for the 10:00 a.m. count. Additionally, no visitors will be processed after 2:00 p.m. in preparation for the 4:00 p.m. count.

Satellite Prison Camp (SPC): Social visits are scheduled on Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Low Security Institution: Social visits are scheduled on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and federal holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Visitation on Saturdays and Sundays will be based on an odd/even schedule. Inmates having an odd register number will visit on odd weekend days. Inmates having an even register number will visit on even weekend days. The odd and even number is determined by the fifth digit in the register number.
Example:

Inmate John Doe, Reg No. 1234″5″ – 678, would visit on odd number weekend dates.
Inmate John Doe, Reg No. 4321″0″ – 072, would visit on even number weekend dates.
Odd numbers are: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 (may visit on all odd weekend dates).
Even numbers are: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 (may visit on all even weekend dates).

Medium Security Institution/United States Penitentiary: Social visits are scheduled on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and federal holidays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Number of Visitors


At FCC Beaumont, a limit of five visitors, including children, are permitted to visit at one time. Infants who are required to be carried by an adult visitor will not be included in the total of five visitors. Each child able to walk without assistance from the adult visitor will be considered as one of the five authorized visitors. Individuals under the age of 18 must have written consent of a parent or legal guardian to visit, and those visitors under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Visitors under the age of 16 are not required to be related to the inmate being visited.

If for any reason a visitor has to leave the Visiting Room, the visit will be terminated for the day. Restroom facilities are available for visitors inside the Visiting Room.


Split Visits


Should more than the authorized number of visitors arrive at the same time for an inmate, a split visit may be arranged at the discretion of the Operation’s Lieutenant. A split visit is defined as a visit where one or more of these visitors leave the Visiting Room and be replaced by other authorized visitors. The visitors ending the visit must leave the institution grounds. They are not permitted to wait in the front lobby or parking lot. During split visits, only one interchange of visitors will be permitted (e.g., individuals leaving the Visiting Room to permit other members of the party to visit may not subsequently return for further visiting that same day).

Frequency of Visits


At FCC Beaumont, law enforcement interviews or attorney visits will not be counted on the point system. All visits with law enforcement agencies will be coordinated through the Special Investigative Supervisor (SIS). Inmates requesting additional visiting points must obtain approval in writing from the SIS and the Unit Manager through a recommendation by the Unit Team and the Complex/Deputy Captain. A copy of this approval must be in the front lobby prior to the visit.

Satellite Prison Camp (SPC):Inmates assigned to the SPC are permitted to visit on Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays only from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Low Security Institution: Inmates are restricted to the number of visits they may receive. Each inmate will be allotted 15 points at the beginning of each month.

Medium Security Institution: Inmates are restricted to the number of visits they may receive. Each inmate will be allotted 12 points at the beginning of each month.

United States Penitentiary (USP): Inmates are restricted to the number of visits they may receive. Each inmate will be allotted 12 points at the beginning of each month.

The inmate will be charged one point for each weekday visit and two points for each weekend or holiday visit.


Approved Visitors


Visits are permitted to those individuals on the inmate’s approved visiting list as authorized by the Unit Team. It is the responsibility of the inmate to advise his visitors not to visit prior to receiving notification that they have been authorized as visitors and to notify the visitor once approval has been granted. Persons attempting to visit who are not on the inmate’s approved visiting list will be denied entrance into the institution.
a. Definitions:
Immediate Family Members: Immediate family members are defined as mother, father, step-parents, foster parents, brothers, sisters, wife, and children. Inclusion of a common-law wife will require verification of the relationship.

Other Relatives, Friends and Associates: This includes grandparents, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and cousins. Individuals in this category will ordinarily be granted visiting privileges. Visitation by friends and associates provides a positive and constructive relationship for an inmate. Visiting privileges may be extended to friends and other non-relatives provided the visit does not threaten the safety of the inmate or the security of the institution. The relationship must have been established prior to the inmate’s incarceration. In the majority of these cases, a review will be necessary prior to approval by the Unit Manager. Except for immediate family, visitors will not be placed on more than one inmate’s approved visiting list.

In order to properly control and provide a desirable atmosphere in the visiting area, other relatives, friends, and associates permitted on the inmates approved visiting list will be limited to ten (10).

Persons with Criminal Records: The existence of an arrest history or criminal record(s) does not necessarily preclude visiting privileges. A careful evaluation should be given as to the nature and extent of the criminal record and history in relation to recent criminal activity. These factors should be weighed against the value of the relationship and security of the institution.

Ex-Inmates: Rarely will individuals in this category be permitted to visit. In those instances necessitating such visits, the Associate Warden must give prior approval with recommendation from the Unit Team.

b. New Commitments:
When an approved visiting list is not available, visits for new commitments will be limited to members of their immediate family. A list of immediate family members will be provided to the Unit Team by the inmate, as soon as possible, after arrival to this institution. Ordinarily, members of the immediate family are approved by the Unit Team, after the relationship is verified by the Unit Team. These visitors must have proper identification that would indicate they are members of the inmate’s immediate family. A check of the inmate’s Pre-sentence Investigation Report, if one is available, may be required.

The Unit Team will request information from “potential visitors” who are not members of the inmate’s immediate family, prior to placing the potential visitors on the inmate’s approved visiting list. When a background investigation is necessary before approving a visitor, the inmate will be held responsible for having the release authorization form forwarded to the proposed visitor. The inmate is responsible for postage costs for mailing the BP-S309 and BP-S310.

The Unit Team shall notify the inmate of each approval or disapproval of a requested person for his visiting list. The inmate is responsible for notifying the visitor of the approval or disapproval to visit. The Unit Team is responsible for providing the approved visitor with directions for transportation to and from the institution.


Visiting Restrictions and Overcrowding


Visiting may be curtailed or terminated because of an emergency, improper conduct on the part of an inmate or his visitor(s), or when the visiting area becomes overcrowded. Should it become necessary to curtail or terminate visiting because of overcrowding, the Institution Duty Officer and Operation’s Lieutenant shall be consulted.

The Visiting Room Officer will apply the overcrowding rule to those visitors who entered the Visiting Room first based on their sign-in time. Exceptions will be made for visitors who traveled more than one hundred miles.


Visiting Restrictions


Visiting may be restricted to controlled situations, or to more closely supervised visits when there is a reasonable suspicion that the visitor may attempt to introduce contraband, when there has been a prior incident of such introduction or attempted introduction, or when there is any concern, based upon sound correctional judgment, about the visitor presenting a risk to the secure and orderly running of the institution. These restrictions will be approved by the Institution Duty Officer and the Operation’s Lieutenant. Visitors are subject to random pat searches and vehicle searches by staff at any time.

Visitor’s Conduct


Each inmate must assume responsibility for his visitor’s conduct. Children should be controlled in consideration of other visiting groups, and not be permitted to wander from the immediate area, run about the Visiting Room, or create noise that disturbs other visits. Failure to control children will result in termination of the visit. This responsibility extends to the visitor’s presence anywhere on the Federal Correctional Complex grounds. No one will be permitted to wait in the parking lot or Front Lobby.

Inmate’s Conduct


Each Inmate will follow all Bureau policies, rules, and regulations as they pertain to the Visiting Room. Each inmate will sign the visitation rules prior to entry into the Visiting Room.

Personal Property


Visitors are precluded from bringing animals on institutional grounds with the exception of a dog used to assist visually impaired and audio challenged visitors. Lockers are provided to store items that are prohibited in the visiting area. Mothers of infant children will be permitted to enter with:
one (1) small (receiving type) baby blanket
one (1) formula mix (sealed)
two (2) empty baby bottles (plastic)
three (3) diapers (per child and baby wipes)
one (1) serving spoon (plastic)
two (2) jars of baby food (sealed)

These items may be carried in a clear, see-through type bag. No other food or drink may be brought into the institution by a visitor. The following items are not permitted in the Visiting Room and must be stored prior to entry:
Pager and/or cellular phone
Recording equipment and/or tapes
Photography equipment
Radio and/or tape players
Personal keys
Food from outside sources
Newspapers, magazines, books, etc.
Tobacco products


Money


Money will not be accepted for deposit into the inmate’s account through the Visiting Room. Visitors are allowed to bring a small coin or clutch type purse (clear plastic) into the visiting area. A maximum of $20 dollars in increments of $5 and $1 dollar bills, quarters, dimes, and/or nickels only will be authorized into the Visiting Room.

Vending Machines


Vending machines are located in the visiting area for use by the visitors. Visitors are permitted to purchase food from the vending machines for themselves and inmates. Inmates are not to handle any money or change, or purchase items from the vending machines. Staff, visitors, nor inmates are not permitted to shake or tip vending machines. Inmate visitors will advise the Visiting Room Staff of vending problems such as brought items that do not fall freely from the rack. The Visiting Room Staff will document the visitor’s name, phone number, time, date, inmate visited, inmate’s number, amount lost and advise the outside vendor for possible reimbursement. The vending machines are off limits to inmates at all times.

Medication


Only life supporting medications (as identified on the prescription) are authorized for use in the Visiting Room. Only the quantity that can fit in the small clear bag will be permitted at any one time. All medication will be left at the officer’s desk upon arrival to the Visiting Room.
Commissary Cards (Inmate Identification Card): Inmate identification cards will be presented for identification purposes and maintained in the Visiting Room desk. If the inmate does not have an inmate identification card, he should report to the Lieutenant’s Office before reporting to the Visiting Room. The Visiting Room Staff will identify all inmates prior to any visitors departing at the completion of Visiting Room hours.

Inmate Property


The inmate shall not take anything to the visit except necessary items such as: one pair of prescription glasses, one comb, one wedding band, religious medallion (no stone), authorized religious headgear, and one handkerchief. Necessary legal papers approved by the Unit Team will be permitted only during attorney visits. Legal materials taken into the Visiting Room, or received from attorneys shall be limited to approved attorney visits only in accordance with Program Statement 1315.07, Legal Activities, Inmate. No personal items will be kept in the shakedown room. Medication, such as nitroglycerin tablets may be permitted when authorized, in writing, by the Health Systems Specialist.

Signatures and Documentation


Papers or gifts are not to be exchanged. If there are legal papers to be discussed, the matter must be cleared with the inmate’s Unit Team prior to the visit. Signatures or receipt of legal papers are not permitted except by approval of the Unit Manager. Legal papers should be mailed to the institution in every other case.

Special Visits


Attorney Visits -Attorneys should ordinarily make advance appointments for each visit. Attorneys are encouraged to visit during the regular visiting hours. However, visits from an attorney can be arranged at other times based on the circumstances of each case and available staff. Attorney visits will be subject to visual monitoring, but not audio monitoring.

Attorney visits, including Paralegal, Clerks, and Legal Assistants shall be conducted in accordance with Program Statement 1315.07, Legal Activities, Inmate. Attorney visits will take place in the Visiting Room and will be monitored routinely by the designated Unit Team. Ideally, prior notice from the attorney’s firm/office should be requested at least 72 hours in advance due to the limited number of private attorney booths and the necessity to arrange staff supervision. When a short notice visit is unavoidable, Unit Staff shall review the urgency for approval with the Captain and the Unit Team may coordinate the visit.

Consular Visitors: Whenever it has been determined an inmate is a citizen of a foreign country, the Consular representative of that country shall be permitted to visit on matters of legitimate business. This privilege shall not be withheld even though the inmate may be undergoing disciplinary action. Such visits are arranged and approved by the Executive Assistant.

Law Enforcement Interviews: Ordinarily, the Special Investigative Supervisor (SIS) will approve and coordinate all interviews between law enforcement agencies and inmates. However, in the absence of the SIS, the Captain’s designee will assume this function.

Religious Visits: Religious visits will be conducted during regular visiting hours and will be supervised by the Visiting Room Officer. An inmate who requests a pastoral visit with a clergyman will be required to provide the Chaplain with an Inmate Request to Staff (cop-out). The Chaplain will interview the inmate and explain pastoral visit procedures. The inmate is responsible for providing the Chaplain the telephone number and address of the proposed clergy. Refer to the Special Visits section of Program Statement 5267.08, Visiting Regulations,(5/11/2006).

Business Visitors: No inmate is permitted to actively engage in a business or profession while incarcerated. An inmate who has engaged in a business or profession prior to commitment is expected to assign authority for the operation of such business or profession to a person in the community. Even though the inmate has turned over the operation of a business or profession to another person, there may be an occasion where a decision must be made which will substantially affect the assets or prospects of the business. In such cases, the Warden may permit a special visit.

Special visits will be considered where manpower and time permits. Limited visiting may be authorized upon recommendation of the inmate’s Unit Manager and approval of the Associate Warden.


Detention or Disciplinary Segregation Status


Ordinarily, an inmate retains visiting privileges while in Administrative Detention (AD) or Disciplinary Segregation (DS)status. However, they will follow the appropriate procedures that are in place during their visit at the Low, Medium, and USP facilities:
Inmate visitors will be escorted by Visiting Room Officers to the designated video visiting booths located in the General Population Visiting Room at each facility.

The Special Housing Unit (SHU) staff will escort the requested inmate to the assigned video visiting area within the SHU.

Non-contact video visiting will be allowed for all inmates in the unit with the exception of inmates on visiting restriction. Visits will ordinarily be authorized for a one hour period per inmate on Monday and Friday only.

Attorney visits for SHU inmates will be conducted in the Visiting Room in one of the Attorney/client rooms.

All inmates must wear institution issued clothing in the visiting cell consisting of orange shorts, orange T-shirt, socks, underwear, and institution approved shoes.

At the conclusion of the visit, inmates will be escorted back to their assigned cell in the SHU and the inmate visitors will be escorted to the lobby area.


Dress Code for Inmates


Each institution has limits on the number and types of articles that can be taken into the Visiting Room. At FCC Beaumont, inmates may wear their wedding ring, religious medal with chain and approved religious headgear, one handkerchief, and prescription eyeglasses. No items may be brought back into the institution by the inmate except what they entered with.

All inmates must wear institution issued khakis that are in clean and neat condition. Shirts must be worn and tucked in at all times in the Visiting Room. Inmates will only be allowed to wear institution issued steel-toed shoes. Inmates must be properly groomed and no inmate will be allowed into the Visiting Room if his neglect of personal hygiene would offend others.


Dress Code for Visitors


An appropriate dress code will been forced for visitors entering FCC Beaumont, Texas. The following types of clothing are inappropriate for the correctional environment, and therefore are not permitted in the Visiting Room.

Garments which reveal portions of the upper torso (i.e., halter tops, midriffs).
Sleeveless garments (i.e., tank tops, spaghetti strap dresses).
Athletic garments (i.e., warm-up suits, sweat pants, sweat shirts, anything with a hood).
Spandex garments.
Shorts.
Skirts or dresses two or more inches above the knees.
Fatigues, khaki colored or camouflage clothing.
Thong-type/open toed shoes.
See-through or sheer garments (able to see skin tones).
Head wear (with the exception of religious attire), hats, caps, earmuffs, etc.
Non-prescription sunglasses.
Form-fitting clothing or low-cut/hip hugger pants.

If a visitor’s apparel is in question, the Institutional Duty Officer and the Operation’s Lieutenant will be notified and will make the final decision.


Identification of Visitors


Identification is required for visitors. This will be accomplished by a photo identification. Visitors will not be permitted entry without proper identification. Proper identification may include the following:
Valid driver’s license;
Passport;
State identification card;
Three other forms of identification with full name and signature (e.g., birth certificate), with at least one being a picture identification.

Birth certificates, social security cards, etc., are not considered proper identification. Persons without proper identification will not be permitted to visit. The Operation’s Lieutenant will be notified in cases involving questionable identification. Proper identification of visitors is required for any visitor 16 years or older.

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